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ECN-1814 This photo shows the XB-70A parked on a ramp at Edwards Air Force Base in 1967. Originally designed as a Mach 3 bomber, the XB-70A never went into production and instead was used for flight research involving the Air Force and NASA's Flight Research Center FRC, which was a predecessor of today's NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. The aircraft's shadow indicates its unusual planform. This featured two canards behind the cockpit, followed by a large, triangular delta wing. The outboard...
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center DFRC
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/XB-70/ECN-1814.html
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NASA Dryden engineer and photographer Tom Bunce captured one of NASA«És T-38 mission support aircraft flown by NASA research pilots Troy Asher and Mark Pestana as they made a low-level flyby over the town of Tehachapi, Calif., during a recent pilot proficiency flight. (Photo courtesy of Tom Bunce)
Topic: Who -- Mark Pestana
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/newsphotos/T-38_863_flyby.html
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E76-30317 The Aero Spacelines B377SGT Super Guppy was at Dryden in May, 1976 to ferry the X-24 and HL-10 lifting bodies from the Center to the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The oversized cargo aircraft is a further modification of the B377PG Pregnant Guppy, which was built to transport outsized cargo for NASA's Apollo program, primarily to carry portions of the Saturn 5 rockets from the manufacturer to Cape Canaveral. The original Guppy modification incorporated the...
Topics: What -- Saturn, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/401191main_E76-30317_full_full.jpg
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Additional overhead view of the Sheet Metal Shop.
Topic: Additional overhead view of the Sheet Metal Shop.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/capabilities/CodeZ/facilities/fabrication_shop/fabshop004.html
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Read News Release 09-04 NASA Dryden's NF-15B tail number 837's canards are tilted down during a pre-flight control check prior to a Lancets project flight. NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center accomplished a series of flight tests to measure shock waves generated by an F-15 jet in support of the Lift and Nozzle Change Effects on Tail Shock, or Lancets, project. The research flights, flown December 2008 through January 2009, were aimed at providing data to help validate computer models that...
Topics: F-15B #837 Lancets Project, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-15B_837/ED09-0008-25.html
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Overhead view of the Sheet Metal Shop
Topic: Overhead view of the Sheet Metal Shop
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/capabilities/CodeZ/facilities/fabrication_shop/fabshop003.html
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E75-28923 NASA F-104 and T-38 Chase Planes with X-24B With NASA F-104 and T-38 chase planes keeping pace, the X-24B lifting body flares for landing on the main runway at Edwards Air Force Base on Aug. 5, 1975. This precision landing of the X-24B by NASA research pilot John Manke, and a similar landing by Air Force Maj. Mike Love later, proved that a low lift-to-drag aircraft could be flown to a precise unpowered landing, leading designers of the coming space shuttle to eliminate adding...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/X-24/E75-28923.html
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NASA Dryden's T-38 Talon trainer jet in flight over the main base complex at Edwards Air Force Base. Formerly at NASA's Langley Research Center, this Northrop T-38 Talon is now used for mission support and pilot proficiency at the Dryden Flight Research Center. May 5, 2006 NASA / photo Jim Ross ED06-0072-2
Topics: Dryden's T-38 Talon Trainer Jet in Flight, Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- Langley...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/T-38/ED06-0072-2.html
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Sheet Metal Shop
Topic: Sheet Metal Shop
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/capabilities/CodeZ/facilities/fabrication_shop/fabshop002.html
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NASA Dryden's T-38 Talon trainer aircraft in flight near Edwards Air Force Base. Formerly at NASA's Langley Research Center, this Northrop T-38 Talon is now used for mission support and pilot proficiency at the Dryden Flight Research Center. May 5, 2006 NASA / Photo Jim Ross ED06-0072-4
Topics: NASA Dryden's T-38 Talon Trainer Aircraft in Flight, Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/T-38/ED06-0072-4.html
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Read News Release 09-04 With afterburners blazing, NASA's unique NF-15B research aircraft accelerates rapidly after taking off on its final flight from Edwards Air Force Base. The highly modified jet in its brilliant red, white and blue plumage was the test aircraft for several research projects during its 14 years with NASA, among them the Advanced Control Technology for Integrated Vehicles and Intelligent Flight Controls System research efforts. January 30, 2009 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida...
Topics: F-15B #837 Final Flight, Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-15B_837/ED09-0023-28.html
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Once NASA had been challenged to put a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth, attention turned to a delivery system for the mission. Less visible to the nation was how to resolve the matter of landing on the moon itself and then leaving it safely. Simultaneously but independently, engineers at the Flight Research Center (now Dryden) and Bell Aircraft Co. of Buffalo, N.Y., conceived of a free-flying machine meant to replicate the lunar environment - that is, the absence of an...
Topics: Lunar Landing Research Vehicle, What -- Moon, What -- WIRE
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/X-Press/50th_anniversary/top_20_projects/llrv.html
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The Space Shuttle Columbia touches down on lakebed runway 23 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to conclude the first orbital shuttle mission. April 14, 1981 NASA / Photo ED06-0045-1
Topics: Shuttle Columbia Touches Down on lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base., What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter,...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Shuttle/ED06-0045-1.html
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A half-dozen test flights in early 2007 evaluated the aerodynamic effect of the UAVSAR pod on the performance of NASA's Gulfstream-III research testbed. February 26, 2007 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida ED07-0027-56
Topic: Gulfstream G-III
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/G-III/ED07-0027-56.html
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Agricultural fields spread out beyond NASA's DC-8 airborne science flying laboratory during a flight from NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. November 8, 2007 NASA / Photo Jim Ross ED07-0256-17
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/newsphotos/2009/ED07-0256-17.html
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E-1004 Boeing B-47A Stratojet NACA 150 landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The drag chute was used on landings to help brake the airplane's speed. The B-47A fuselage was 106 feet 11 inches in length. The average gross weight was 115,000 pounds. Accommodations were for two pilots and a navigator with the aircraft being instrumented for aeroelasticity studies. August 12, 1953 NASA Photo / B-47A Project Description
Topics: Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- California
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/B-47/E-1004.html
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Photo Description NASA research pilot Jim Smolka prepares to take off in NASA's F-18 Systems Research Aircraft for an External Vision System project flight. Project Description NASA Dryden partnered with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. on the External Vision System project to demonstrate the use of a high definition video camera and monitor system on the F-18B Systems Research Aircraft to identify human factor aspects associated with reduced visibility from the cockpit. September 30, 2008 NASA /...
Topic: NASA's F-18 Systems Research Aircraft Ready for an External Vision System Project Flight.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-18/ED08-0252-28.html
Photo Description The boilerplate Orion crew module for the Orion Launch Abort System Pad Abort-1 flight test is tilted on jacks during weight and balance testing at NASA Dryden. Project Description NASA Dryden Flight Research Center has a critical role in the early development of the Constellation systems. Applying Dryden's expertise with testing unique flight configurations, Dryden is helping to manage and implement the abort flight tests for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle. Dryden will...
Topics: Orion Crew Module for the Orion Launch Abort System Pad Abort-1 Flight Test is Tilted on Jacks,...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Orion/ED08-0230-236.html
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ECN-14284 HiMAT Subscale Research Vehicle Mated to B-52 Mothership in Flight, Close-up View HiMAT Project Description December 30, 1980 NASA photo
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/HiMAT/ECN-14284.html
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E-3009Y F-104A (Serial # 55-2961) on Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards AFB. July 9, 1957 NASA Photo & F-104 Project Description
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-104/E-3009.html
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Ground crewmen Jay L. King, left, Joseph D. Huxman, and Orion D. Billeter, right, help pilot Milt Thompson into the M2-F2, attached to the NB-52 mothership. NASA Photo EC66-1154
Topics: M2-F2, What -- Orion
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/X-Press/50th_anniversary/special_photo_edition/EC66-1154.html
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Machine Shop Lathe Area
Topic: Machine Shop Lathe Area
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/capabilities/CodeZ/facilities/fabrication_shop/fabshop001.html
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The X-38 vehicle 131R drops away from its launch pylon on the wing of NASA's NB-52B mothership as the X-38 begins its eighth free flight on Dec. 13, 2001. NASA Photo by Carla Thomas EC01-0339-33
Topic: X-38
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/X-Press/50th_anniversary/special_photo_edition/EC01-0339-33.html
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A fleet of lifting-body research vehicles were flown at Dryden from 1963 to 1975 to validate the concept of flying a wingless craft back to Earth from space and landing it like a conventional aircraft at a pre-determined site. Aerodynamic lift - essential to flight in the atmosphere - was obtained from the shape of the vehicles rather than from wings, as on a normal aircraft. In 1962, Flight Research Center director Paul Bikle approved a program to build a lightweight, unpowered lifting body as...
Topics: Lifting Body Aircraft, What -- Earth, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, Where -- Edwards Air Force...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/X-Press/50th_anniversary/top_20_projects/lifting_body_aircraft.html
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The Antelope Valley Inn in Lancaster, CA, celebrates the Space Shuttle Columbia's first landing at nearby Edwards AFB on April 14, 1981. Columbia was built in the Lancaster area. April 1981 NASA / Photo ECN-15435
Topics: The Antelope Valley Inn in Lancaster, CA, celebrates Shuttle Columbia's First Landing, What --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Shuttle/ECN-15435.html
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The Space Shuttle Columbia can be seen in the post-flight processing facility known as the MDD (Mate-Demate Device) at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, CA, in this aerial view taken shortly after completing its first orbital mission with a landing at Edwards Air Force Base. April, 1981 NASA / Photo ECN-14962
Topics: Shuttle Columbia in the Mate-Demate at NASA Dryden., What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Shuttle/ECN-14962.html
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Jerry Gentry, Pete Hoag, John Manke and Bill Dana are lined up by the HL-10 lifting body aircraft. Photo courtesy of Wen Painter
Topic: Lifting Body Pilots
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/X-Press/50th_anniversary/special_photo_edition/lifting_body_pilots.html
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100-ton Hydraulic Bending Brake
Topic: 100-ton Hydraulic Bending Brake
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/capabilities/CodeZ/facilities/fabrication_shop/fabshop009.html
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NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's two T-38A Talon mission support aircraft flew together for the first time on Sept. 26, 2007 while conducting pitot-static airspeed calibration checks during routine pilot proficiency flights. The two aircraft, flown by NASA research pilots Kelly Latimer and Frank Batteas, joined up with a NASA Dryden F/A-18 flown by NASA research pilot Dick Ewers to fly the airspeed calibrations at several speeds and altitudes that would be flown by the Stratospheric...
Topics: Two T-38A Mission Support Aircraft Fly in Tight Formation., Who -- Frank Batteas, Where -- Dryden...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/T-38/ED07-0222-23.html
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The X-15 program is widely considered the most successful research aircraft program in U. S. history, leaving a legacy of scientific data and aeronautical firsts that remains unparalleled. Between June 8, 1959, and Oct. 24, 1968, a dozen pilots flew three rocket-powered X-15 research vehicles 199 times. The program contributed to numerous advances in aerospace technology, including those in materials, hypersonic aerodynamics, astronomy and spaceflight. Researchers generated more than 760...
Topics: X-15, Who -- Joseph A. Walker
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/X-Press/50th_anniversary/top_20_projects/X-15.html
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The Digital Fly-By-Wire project pioneered the use of an electronic flight-control system coupled with a digital computer to replace conventional mechanical flight controls. A modified F-8 DFBW Crusader was the first to be used to validate the concept in 1972 at the Flight Research Center (now Dryden). It was the forerunner of the fly-by-wire flight control systems now used on the space shuttles and on today's military and civil aircraft to make them safer, more maneuverable and more efficient....
Topics: F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire, What -- WIRE, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Enterprise
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/X-Press/50th_anniversary/top_20_projects/digital_fly_by_wire.html
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A forest of tufts are mounted on the underbelly and pylon of NASA's Gulfstream-III research aircraft to help engineers determine airflow around the UAVSAR pod. February 26, 2007 NASA Photo / Tony Landis ED07-0027-01
Topic: Gulfstream G-III
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/G-III/ED07-0027-01.html
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In the late 1970s Richard Whitcomb of Langley Research Center, Hampton Va., developed winglets, which reduced drag on aircraft wings. They were the third of his major aeronautical discoveries. In the 1960s, he had originated the supercritical wing, an airfoil shape that reduced drag at speeds just below Mach 1. In the 1950s, Whitcomb developed the area rule concept, discovering that a narrowing in the fuselage over the wing reduced high-speed drag at transonic speeds. Winglets typically have...
Topics: Supercritical Wing - Winglets, Where -- Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/X-Press/50th_anniversary/top_20_projects/f-8scw.html
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STICK-AND-RUDDER TIME ED10-0230-12 Former NASA space shuttle astronaut and noted air race pilot Robert ''Hoot'' Gibson was all smiles after getting some stick-and-rudder time in a NASA F/A-18 Hornet mission support aircraft during a pilot proficiency flight with NASA Dryden research pilot Jim Smolka. Although Gibson had been a carrier-qualified Navy fighter pilot early in his career before joining NASA's astronaut corps, he had never previously flown in an F/A-18. Gibson was at NASA's Dryden...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/475544main_ED10-0230-12_full_full.jpg
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BACK-SEAT DRIVER ED10-0230-07 Former NASA space shuttle astronaut and noted air race pilot Robert ''Hoot'' Gibson was all smiles after getting some stick-and-rudder time in a NASA F/A-18 Hornet mission support aircraft during a pilot proficiency flight with NASA Dryden research pilot Jim Smolka. Although Gibson had been a carrier-qualified Navy fighter pilot early in his career before joining NASA's astronaut corps, he had never previously flown in an F/A-18. Gibson was at NASA's Dryden Flight...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/475556main_ED10-0230-07_full_full.jpg
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ED09-0157-03 NASA Dryden's F-18 #853 research aircraft that was the centerpiece of the Active Aeroelastic Wing project several years ago took to the skies again June 18 for the first time since 2007. The flight was a functional check following the extended downtime. The aircraft will replace Dryden's now-retired NF-15B #837 as the full-scale flight research test bed for NASA's Integrated Resilient Aircraft Controls (IRAC) program. NASA Photo / Tony Landis June 18, 2009
Topic: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/newsphotos/2009/ED09-0157-03.html
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NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's two T-38A Talon mission support aircraft flew together for the first time on Sept. 26, 2007 while conducting pitot-static airspeed calibration checks during routine pilot proficiency flights. The two aircraft, flown by NASA research pilots Kelly Latimer and Frank Batteas, joined up with a NASA Dryden F/A-18 flown by NASA research pilot Dick Ewers to fly the airspeed calibrations at several speeds and altitudes that would be flown by the Stratospheric...
Topics: Dryden's two T-38A Aircraft Fly in Tight Formation, Who -- Frank Batteas, Where -- Dryden Flight...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/T-38/ED07-0222-13.html
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EC79-12055 The HiMAT (Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology) subscale research vehicle, seen here after landing to conclude a research flight, was flown by the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, from mid 1979 to January 1983. The aircraft demonstrated advanced fighter technologies that have been used in the development of many modern high performance military aircraft. HiMAT Project Description January 3, 1980 NASA photo
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- California
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/HiMAT/EC79-12055.html
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NASA Dryden's T-38 trainer aircraft in flight over Cuddeback Dry Lake in Southern California. Formerly at NASA's Langley Research Center, this Northrop T-38 Talon is now used for mission support and pilot proficiency at the Dryden Flight Research Center. May 5, 2006 NASA / Photo Jim Ross ED06-0072-8
Topics: Northrop T-38 Talon During Mission Support Flight, Where -- California, Where -- Langley Research...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/T-38/ED06-0072-8.html
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Two Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers were modified as motherships to launch the X-15 rocket planes. On each aircraft, the bombardier's station was replaced with a console for a launch panel operator; a slot was cut in the right wing to accommodate the X-15's tail fin; and the wing was fitted with a special pylon for carrying the research vehicle. The NB-52A, Air Force serial 52-0003, was named "The High and Mighty One," and the NB-52B (Air Force serial 52-0008) was called "The...
Topics: NB-52B, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Pegasus
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/X-Press/50th_anniversary/top_20_projects/nb-52b.html
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Photo Description An HD display is mounted on top of the rear instrument panel in NASA's F-18 SRA, as NASA is partnering with Gulfstream on the External Vision System project. Project Description NASA Dryden partnered with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. on the External Vision System project to demonstrate the use of a high definition video camera and monitor system on the F-18B Systems Research Aircraft to identify human factor aspects associated with reduced visibility from the cockpit. September...
Topic: An HD Display is Mounted on Top of the Rear Instrument Panel in NASA's F-18 SRA.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-18/ED08-0252-06.html
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Chase aircraft such as the T-34C accompany research flights for photography and video purposes. They also provide support for safety and research. At Dryden, the T-34 is used mainly for smaller remotely piloted vehicles which fly slower than NASA's F-18's, used for larger scale projects. The T-34C, built by Beech, carries a crew of 2 and is nicknamed the Mentor. June 20, 2005 NASA / Photo Jim Ross EC05-0133-12
Topic: T-34C Banks Over Lake Isabella in Kern County.
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/T-34/EC05-0133-12.html
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Samuel Shenton, the Secretary of the International Flat Earth Society, announced that despite the recent photos from the Apollo 8 mission, the Earth was definitely flat. Shenton added that while the Moon itself was circular, there was no proof it was a globe. NASA Photo GPN-2001-000009
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Apollo 8, What -- Moon
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/250524main_GPN-2001-000009_full.jpg
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The sun rises on the Space Shuttle Discovery as it rests on the runway at Edwards Air Force Base, California, after a safe landing August 9, 2005 to complete the STS-114 mission. Space Shuttle Discovery landed safely at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California at 5:11:22 a.m. PDT this morning, following the very successful 14-day STS-114 return to flight mission. During their two weeks in space, Commander Eileen Collins and her six crewmates tested out new...
Topics: Shuttle Discovery on the Runway at Edwards Air Force Base in California., Who -- Eileen Collins,...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/Shuttle/ED05-0166-07.html
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Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Lathe
Topic: Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Lathe
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Ed Swan and Gray Creech discuss AV-8A Harrier cutting and retrieval challenges at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake. The former Marine Corps aircraft had been a weapons survivability test aircraft.
Topics: Harrier Cockpit Restoration Project, Where -- China
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/capabilities/CodeZ/facilities/harrier/harrier_01.html
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Support for the space shuttle program had been provided at Dryden in many ways, some of which predate the very design of the orbiters. More than a decade before the Enterprise research flights, Dryden pilots and engineers were testing and validating design concepts of lifting body aircraft that provided data for development of the shuttle's configuration. Dryden also made significant contributions to development of the shuttle's thermal protection system, solid rocket booster recovery system,...
Topics: Approach and Landing Tests, Space Shuttle Support, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What --...
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/X-Press/50th_anniversary/top_20_projects/approach_landing_tests.html
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The Bell X-1A (serial no. 48-1384) arrived at Edwards Air Force Base. Following completion of contractor testing and some modifications to the airplane, it was turned over to the Air Force for speed and altitude flights. Maj. Charles E. ''Chuck'' Yeager eventually flew the X-1A to a speed of Mach 2.44 (1,612 mph), and Maj. Arthur ''Kit'' Murray achieved an altitude of 90,440 feet. It was later turned over to the NACA High Speed Flight Station where Joseph A. Walker completed a single successful...
Topics: Who -- Chuck Yeager, Who -- Joseph A. Walker, Where -- Edwards Air Force Base
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Read News Release 09-04 NASA Dryden's NF-15B, tail number 837, takes off with landing gear retracting on a Lancets project research mission. NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center accomplished a series of flight tests to measure shock waves generated by an F-15 jet in support of the Lift and Nozzle Change Effects on Tail Shock, or Lancets, project. The research flights, flown December 2008 through January 2009, were aimed at providing data to help validate computer models that could be used in...
Topics: F-15B #837 Lancets Project, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/F-15B_837/ED09-0008-41.html
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Space Shuttle Discovery, accompanied by a convoy of recovery vehicles, is towed up the taxiway at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, following its landing on August 9, 2005. Space Shuttle Discovery landed safely at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California at 5:11:22 a.m. PDT this morning, following the very successful 14-day STS-114 return to flight mission. During their two weeks in space, Commander Eileen Collins and...
Topics: Shuttle Discovery, with recovery Vehicles, is to the Taxiway, Who -- Eileen Collins, What -- Space...
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Read News Release 09-08 Launch Complex 32 at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico that will be the site of the Orion Abort Flight Tests is shown in this overall view. February 25, 2009 NASA photo
Topics: Orion Launch Complex, What -- Orion, Where -- New Mexico
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ED09-0266-09 Disney«És space ranger Buzz Lightyear returned from space on Sept. 11 aboard space shuttle Discovery«És STS-128 mission after 15 months aboard the International Space Station. His time on the orbiting laboratory will be celebrated in a ticker-tape parade together with his space station crewmates and former Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin on Oct. 2 at Walt Disney World in Florida. September 11, 2009 NASA Photo / Tony Landis
Topics: Who -- Buzz Aldrin, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Ranger, What -- STS-128, What --...
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Project Description Before the Space Shuttle could safely return to flight, engineers needed data on how insulating foam debris or "divots" behaved when these small pieces were shed from the Shuttle's external fuel tank during launch. NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center conducted a series of flight tests of the divots as part of the Return to Flight team effort. The Lifting Insulating Foam Trajectory (LIFT) flight test series at Dryden used the center's F-15B Research Testbed...
Topics: F-15B #836 Research Testbed, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center...
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The sun rises on the Space Shuttle Discovery as it rests on the runway at Edwards Air Force Base, California, after a safe landing August 9, 2005 to complete the STS-114 mission. Space Shuttle Discovery landed safely at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California at 5:11:22 a.m. PDT this morning, following the very successful 14-day STS-114 return to flight mission. During their two weeks in space, Commander Eileen Collins and her six crewmates tested out new...
Topics: Shuttle Discovery Rests on the Runway at Edwards Air Force Base in California., Who -- Eileen...
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Dryden researchers conducted several programs involving aircraft capable of attaining altitudes above 70,000 feet and cruising at Mach 3 (more than 2,000 mph, or three times the speed of sound). Airplanes such as the XB-70, YF-12 and SR-71 served as unique assets for research in the areas of propulsion, heating and aerodynamics because their performance characteristics exceeded those of conventional jet aircraft. The B-70 Valkyrie was designed to be the ultimate high-altitude, high-speed...
Topics: Missions at Mach 3, What -- SST
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Boeing Phantom Works has partnered with NASA and the Air Force Research Laboratory to study the structural, aerodynamic and operational advantages of the 'Blended Wing Body' advanced aircraft concept, a cross between a conventional plane and a flying wing design. The Air Force has designated the prototype the X-48B based on its interest in the design's potential as a multi-role, long-range, high-capacity military transport aircraft. October 24, 2006 NASA / Tony Landis ED06-0198-06
Topic: X-48B
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ED09-0127-110 Southern California's high desert provides the backdrop as one of NASA's two modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft ferries Space Shuttle Atlantis back to the Kennedy Space Center after departing NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. Atlantis had landed at Edwards to conclude shuttle mission STS-125, the final servicing mission of the Hubble Space Telescope. June 1, 2009 NASA Photo / Jim Ross
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Atlantis, What -- STS-125, What -- Hubble Space Telescope...
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ED12-0008-02 NASA Goddard engineer Zhaonan Zhang adjusts the Conical Scanning Millimeter-wave Imaging Radiometer, or CoSMIR, scan head prior to installation in NASA’s DC-8 flying science laboratory. The instrument is being used in the GCPEx airborne study of snowfall in Canada and the northeastern United States. January 9, 2012 NASA / TomTschida
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This mid-infrared image of the W3A star cluster in the inset was captured by the FORCAST camera on the SOFIA flying observatory in 2011. It is overlaid on a near-infrared image of the W3 star-forming region from the Spitzer space telescope. The SOFIA image scale is 150 x 100 arcseconds, and the red, green and blue colors represent 37, 20 and 7 μm. The red, green and blue colors in the background image from Spitzer represent 7.9, 4.5, 3.6 μm. SOFIA image: NASA / DLR / USRA / DSI / FORCAST team...
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E55-2078This photograph shows a NACA research pilot running up the engine of the F-51D Mustang on the taxiway adjacent to Rogers Dry Lake at the NACA High-Speed Flight Station in 1955. A P-51D Mustang, redesignated an F-51 Mustang, was transferred from the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory to the NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station (now the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center) at Edwards Air Force Base in California, in 1950. The P-51D Mustang was the first aircraft to employ the NACA...
Topics: Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- California
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The Space Shuttle Endeavour mounted atop its modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft flies over California's Mojave Desert on its way back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Dec 10, 2008. Read STS-126 Status Report December 10, 2008 NASA Photo / Carla Thomas ED08-0306-131
Topics: STS-126, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- STS-126, Where -- Kennedy Space...
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TPT9183 Actress Nichelle Nichols, who portrayed Lt. Uhura in the original Star Trek TV series, recapped her career in acting and in promoting equal opportunities for minorities before an appreciative audience at NASA Dryden Jan. 10. January 10, 2012 NASA / Tom Tschida
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ED12-0008-07 Dryden mechanic Larry Phillips (right), assisted by crew chief Pat Lloyd (left) and mechanic Donny Bailes (rear), mounts the Conical Scanning Millimeter-wave Imaging Radiometer, or CoSMIR, on a frame in the belly of NASA’s DC-8 airborne science laboratory. CoSMIR will simulate measurements to be taken from space by theGlobal Precipitation Measurement satellite when launched in 2014. January 9, 2012 NASA / TomTschida
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TPT9221 Actress Nichelle Nichols, who portrayed Lt. Uhura in the original Star Trek TV series, signed autographs for Dryden’s Gwen Young, Louise Boyd and scores of other Dryden employees during her visit and tour of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards and the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale Jan. 10. Nichols also recapped her career in acting and in promoting civil rights for minorities before an appreciative audience at Dryden before touring Dryden aircraft and...
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ED11-0256-65 Dryden model shop technician Leslie Monforton, acting as the DROID small UAV research aircraft’s safety pilot, communicates with the team in the ground control station van during engine run-up. August 17, 2011 (NASA / Tom Tschida)
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ED09-0253-02 Space Shuttle Discovery rolls out on Runway 22L after landing at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California's high desert to conclude mission STS-128 to the International Space Station. September 11, 2009 NASA photo / Tom Tschida
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Discovery, What -- STS-128, What -- International Space...
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TPT9315 NASA Dryden Global Hawk project manager Chris Naftel outlines details of the Global Hawk’s environmental science missions to Star Trek TV series actress Nichelle Nichols during her visit to the center on Jan. 10, 2012. Jan. 10, 2012 NASA / Tom Tschida
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M2-F1 and M2-F2 lifting bodies are side by side on the ramp in this 1966 image. Photo courtesy of Wen Painter
Topic: M2-F1 and M2-F2
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This mid-infrared image of the W3A star cluster in the inset was captured by the FORCAST camera on the SOFIA flying observatory in 2011. It is overlaid on a near-infrared image of the W3 star-forming region from the Spitzer space telescope. The SOFIA image scale is 150 x 100 arcseconds, and the red, green and blue colors represent 37, 20 and 7 μm. The red, green and blue colors in the background image from Spitzer represent 7.9, 4.5, 3.6 μm. SOFIA image: NASA / DLR / USRA / DSI / FORCAST team...
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ED12-0008-22 Steve Durden, Jet Propulsion Laboratory's principal investigator for the Airborne Precipitation Radar or APR-2, checks out the instrument after installation on NASA's DC-8 airborne science laboratory. APR-2 will provide radar data during for the GPM Cold-season Precipitation Experiment, or GCPEx, flown out of Bangor, Maine over a six- weeks period in late January through February 2012. January 9, 2012 NASA / TomTschida
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Read News Release 09-04 Flight test operations engineers Robert Rivera and Mike Thomson get the traditional splashing by ground crew and project staff after the final flight of NASA NF-15B No. 837. Rivera was in the back cockpit of 837 on its final flight; Thomson, deputy director of flight operations at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, was in the back seat of NASA's other F-15B the flew chase on the final mission. January 30, 2009 NASA Photo / Tom Tschida ED09-0023-65
Topics: F-15B #837 Final Flight, Where -- Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)
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ED11-0256-21 As NASA Dryden's chief pilot Nils Larson and DROID project manager Mike Marston observe, Dryden research pilot Jim Less flies the DROID model aircraft for pilot proficiency while Victor Loera, a University Student Research Program intern from Cal Poly-Pomona, assists. August 17, 2011 (NASA / Tom Tschida)
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The Space Shuttle Endeavour mounted atop its modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft flies over California's Mojave Desert on its way back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Dec 10, 2008. › Read STS-126 Status Report December 10, 2008 NASA Photo / Carla Thomas ED08-0306-148
Topics: STS-126, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- STS-126, Where -- Kennedy Space...
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ECN-17954 Standing in front of the AD-1 Oblique Wing research aircraft is research pilot Richard E. Gray. Richard E. Gray joined National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, in November 1978, as an aerospace research pilot. In November 1981, Dick joined the NASA's Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards, California, as a research pilot. Dick was a former Co-op at the NASA Flight Research Center (a previous name of the Ames-Dryden Flight Research...
Topics: Who -- Richard E. Gray, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- WIRE, Where -- Johnson Space Center...
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Read News Release 09-04 With afterburners roaring, NASA's highly modified NF-15B Eagle research aircraft lifts off the Edwards Air Force Base runway on its final flight. The first two-seat F-15 built by McDonnell Douglas in 1973, the canard-equipped converted jet fighter served as a test platform throughout its 36-year career for the U.S. Air Force, McDonnell Douglas and NASA. January 30, 2009 NASA Photo / Tony Landis ED09-0023-24
Topics: F-15B #837 Final Flight, Where -- Edwards Air Force Base, Where -- Douglas
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